Welcome to Character Conservation

Established in 2006, Character Conservation is a small building surveying consultancy based near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. We offer an independent and professional service for all aspects of repairing, maintaining and improving historic buildings, whilst striving to retain those qualities which define their intrinsic character and appearance.

Our client base spans the public, private and ecclesiastical sectors, including other architectural and surveying practices who engage us for specific heritage projects. Drawing on a wide range of skills and experience, we can provide reasoned advice and guidance at any stage of a conservation, repair or refurbishment project. We typically work with our clients from the initial ‘ideas’ phase through to project completion, helping realise their objectives for the historic building against what is realistic within the bounds of good conservation practice and the statutory constraints imposed by the listed building consent (LBC) framework.

Focusing primarily on vernacular stone buildings within the Cotswolds region, our knowledge of traditional materials and working practices will help to ensure that your building is properly cared for without compromising its historic character or appearance. All of the services which we offer have been applied to our own grade II listed cottage at some stage over the past 17 years, so we can demonstrate practical application and beneficial end results gained through experience! If you are considering any works to your historic building and/ or have any concerns about its condition, then please contact us. We will almost certainly be able to advise and assist you in some way.

Alison & Malcolm James

Sherborne Cottage, Bibury - Lime mortar re-pointing and shelter coating of south-west gable elevation; September 2004.

Sherborne Cottage, Bibury - Removal of modern gypsum plaster skim and repairs to historic lime plasterwork on attic staircase; July 2016.

18 Castle Street, Cirencester

18 Castle Street, Cirencester - Heritage impact statement to support proposals for modification of ground floor spatial arrangement; December 2012.

Recent Projects

  • Powell's School House, Gloucester Street, Cirencester - North elevation highlighting 'Gibbs' stone surround to 1st floor window and blind 'oculi' panel to attic storey parapet; historic fabric recording survey; December 2017.

  • 38 Westgate, Gloucester - Preliminary design for internal alterations and regeneration scheme to convert former Grade II listed 'Building at Risk' into two residential dwellings on upper floors; October 2019.

  • Coxwell Court, Cirencester - Listed Building and Planning Consents obtained for spatial re-organisation of upper floors and additional windows on rear (garden) elevation; December 2019.